replacing rsyslogd in minimal with journald [was Re: systemd requires HTTP server and serves QR codes]

Tom Hughes tom at
Tue Oct 9 14:45:46 UTC 2012

On 09/10/12 15:35, Bryn M. Reeves wrote:
> On 10/09/2012 03:19 PM, Tom Hughes wrote:
>> More importantly though, what is the equivalent of "fgrep xxx
>> /var/log/messages" which is certainly pretty much the most common thing
>> I do on my logs... I can't see any sort of searching in journalctl?
> journalctl | fgrep?
> This one is pretty fine by me tbh.

Sure, though having just tried that is took 33s to search about a months 
worth of logs instead of the 0.05s that greping the last months messages 
took ;-)

>> The next most common thing I probably do is to load the log into vi so I
>> can search back and forth to see matches in context, but obviously that
>> is not something journalctl is every really going to be able to do.
> Your favourite pager probably can though. Less has the same mark and
> navigation keystrokes as vi. Although if you really do want to open in
> an editor you'll probably need to redirect to a file.

Oh I know that - not sure why I tend to use vi really. Possibly because 
it's quite easy to quit less by hitting the wrong key but you have to 
make an effort to exit vi.


Tom Hughes (tom at

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